Summary: The Church at Sardis, a name that said it was alive but Christ said you are dead

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Church of Sardis

The Church with a Name that is Alive, but was Dead

Rev 3: 1- 6

Dates for those interested in Church Age, 1520 – 1790

Many believe that as this Church pictures the Church of Reformation that began in 1520 believe that it continues until this day, the Laodicean period and will continue until the Great Tribulation.

During the Reformation with its dead, lukewarm churches the reason of this deadness is that entire countries became Protestant without being born again.

Sardis became the mother of the dead orthodoxy churches. Jack Van Impe says they were not singing “Standing on the Promises” but singing “Sleeping on the Premises”.

The Church at Sardis was an active church. They had a reputation of being alive a spiritual church.

But the One doing the speaking with the Seven Spirits of God (Isa. 11:2-5) sees all things knows all things is righteous in His judgment.

They still had their traditional forms, their way of doing things.

Jesus declared you are dead. There zeal for Godliness was gone.

What they were missing was the anointing, that touch of God, the moving of the Spirit of God which breaks every yoke and delivers from every bondage.

They the church at , Sardis needed to wake up and come alive.

They had forgotten they were not in control, neither the pastor, the deacons or the congregation was the owner, but Christ.

The Church at Sardis was depending on the experiences of the past and what little of that remained was ready to die.

V3 Repent

Not all hope was lost,

They needed to wake up, come alive.

Jesus called for a fivefold Revival.

[[[Re 3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.]]]

1. Be watchful or alert, knowing now is the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep. Ro 13:11

2. Strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die. Do everything possible to salvage what you can.

3. remember therefore how thou hast received and heard. Recall your earlier days when you heard the gospel. When you were filled with joy and zeal.

4. hold fast. Discard the baggage of formalism.

5. Repent: Change your mind, church return to Christ centered services where the HS lead and touched peoples life.

Many churches during the Reformation and still today do not teach or preach out of the book of Revelation or speak about Jesus return. They say it is too hard to understand, too confusing.

Baloney is the Greek for that.

Repent is one of the hardest things to get believers to do after they cool down.

Sardis was a true example of what Paul described as having a form of Godliness but denied the power thereof. 2Tim 3:5

Re 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

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